Grand Auctions is a Kent auction house situated in Folkestone
We are a specialist, internet based auction house dealing in paintings, jewellery, watches, silver, quality glass, ceramics and Asian art. Everything we sell receives global exposure both on our own website and on www.the-saleroom.com.
We run a live online bidding facility during sales and prospective buyers are welcome to view all lots at our premises prior to each auction.
Simon Rufus FGA DGA MIRV
Simon Rufus is our jewellery and watch specialist. He is a qualified gemmologist and diamond grader as well as an independent valuer. He is an elected Diamond Member and Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, the world’s leading authority on diamond and precious stone education, and is a Member of the National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV97517).
He has many years experience working in the antique and jewellery industry, including time with Christie’s Auctioneers and three years working specifically with fine wristwatches. His valuing experience ranges from small, personal contracts to much larger assignments working for high profile clients involving multiple pieces of jewellery worth many hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Jonathan Riley MA Cantab
Jonathan Riley is our paintings specialist. He read history at Cambridge University, where he first discovered his passionate interest in art, after visiting the Ufiizi Gallery in Florence on his way back from a cricket tour in Corfu. Jonathan has curated many exhibitions of Modern British paintings during more than thirty five years in the industry.
He has contributed to numerous auction catalogues and artists’ ‘introductions’. In 1999 he wrote part of the biography, ‘Bratby’ published by Old Bakehouse Publications, ‘Macara’ published in 2009 by Construction Arts, ‘Simeon Stafford’ published in 2010 and the biography of Alan Lowndes, also published in 2010.
Robin Newcombe is our general valuer. He joins the team at Grand Auctions having gained his experience in the auction business at both Bonhams and Christie’s in London.
During the six years that Robin worked on the valuations desk at Christie’s, he acquired skills in the general appraisal of fine art and antiques, whilst developing a special interest in Chinese ceramics and jade along with European silver.
Alison was educated in Canterbury before joining the BBC in 1970. She gained experience working in all three major areas of the BBC – Radio, Television and The World Service. When commercial radio came legally to this country, Alison worked for several independent stations organising the administrative set up of the companies. After a break to raise a family, Alison returned to broadcasting and worked as Administration Manager for one of the first cable television companies to be established in the UK and, later, acted as Administrator for two well known independent schools.
More recently she has assisted with the publication of several biographies of artists. Alison also enjoys writing short stories for children, some of which have been broadcast on independent radio.